Earlier this week, I read on Twitter that the All in One SEO WordPress plugin v.1.6.7 was having issues within WordPress 2.8.4. and NOT to update the plugin. Links included in the Tweet led to the official plugin forum, and the WordPress.org support forum, where more than one individual were experiencing the same issue about the options page disappearing, and one person even mentioned that their blog had slowed down dramatically due to the load time imposed by the new version of this search engine optimization plugin.
Before I retweeted the information, I went into my WordPress admin to take a look at the All in One options page for this blog. It was enabled, and looked to be working fine, all options listed and yes… I was in fact updated to the latest version. (I’ve been rather OCD about updating since September’s scare.)
Prior to hearing about this plugin issue, I had been noticing a bit of load-lag, so I deactivated the SEO plugin to see if that made a difference. To give it a fair test, I left the plugin deactivated for about 18 hours. In that time, I visited this blog from 2 different computers, using 4 different browsers. Overall, the loading time seamed to have improved.
When I turned the plugin back on this morning, I found the load time unchanged, so I’m thinking that the change was probably due to a server improvement. I couldn’t find anything wrong with the All in One plugin’s latest version. It’s working as it should on this site.
One of the complaints has been that the plugin is “inactive” after updating it. I believe this was done on purpose by plugin author Michael Torbert to make sure that the options that were changed in the update were manually set by users who would then be required to activate the plugin.
SEO made easy for WP blogs
I like this plugin. I like the fact that the excerpts I write then become the meta descriptions on my post pages due to this SEO plugin. I like the “set it and forget it” way in which I’ve designated how I want my page/post titles to look. I like not having to worry about duplicate content flagging by Google because I’ve told the All in One SEO plugin to use “noindex” on Categories, archives and tags.
Why does it seem broken for some?
Oftentimes, the plugins you use on your self hosted WordPress blogs will conflict with each other. Rather than broadcasting that a plugin you’re using isn’t working, perhaps you should do a little research into whether or not it’s just conflicting with some of the other plugins you’ve got activated on your blog. I’m sorry that I helped spread the news that the All in One SEO plugin was “broken”… it isn’t, as far as this blog is concerned.
Bottom line? Please Tweet Responsibly. I will be!